New year is the perfect time for a new start and for getting a job.
Now I know the jobs market can be tough, but the good news is, this is the time of year employers are hiring and there are hundreds of thousands of jobs out there.
With the economy growing, there are a record number of people in work - over 30 million - and businesses up and down the country are feeling more confident about the future. In the last three months alone, a quarter of a million people found a job.
Figures today show that there are literally thousands of jobs being advertised in areas like retail, health and social work, hospitality and manufacturing.
So now is the time to get out there and show employers what you’ve got to offer them. But remember, you’re not on your own. As part of this Government’s long-term economic plan, we are determined to do everything we can to help people off benefits and into work.
We’ve got lots of schemes available through Jobcentre Plus, things like the Youth Contract, which hugely increases the number of work experience placements available so young people can get some much needed experience on their CVs. For budding entrepreneurs, we’ve got the New Enterprise Allowance, which has already helped over 32,000 unemployed people set up their own businesses.
Also, to give people an extra bit of help, visit us at facebook.com/DWP for top tips on how to dress for success for interviews, detox your CV, or social network your way into a job.
So a happy New Year – and new job - to all the Melton JobCentre Plus customers!
n Melton JobCentre Plus moved into its new base at Melton Council’s Parkside offices last autumn so it is now working directly alongside many other statutory partners and agencies and voluntary organisations.
Rob Cooper, JobCentre Plus district manager, said: “Parkside houses a variety of partners including Leicester Partnership NHS Trust, Probation Service, Voluntary Action and Working Links (ESF Troubled Families support) providing joined up services for the local community in a single building.
“This will enable us to offer a more comprehensive service to job seekers in a site which is modern, flexible and better suited to our future delivery model.”